Date: Wed, 16 Mar 1994 20:50:53 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: A New Genitive Relative Pronoun? Pardon my obtuseness, but being too lazy (Spring fever) to check on the references in Am.Speech, I'm not quite clear: Do you mean you find people writing/saying "The dog chased the man in which the cat bit"? That would certainly have to have an asterisk in front of it for me. I don't even think I could make sense of it. It is, of course, an interesting question whether is strictly a COMP, as Chomskyan analysis demonstrates quite nicely, or whether we are to believe the wrong-headed intuition of most traditional and structuralist grammarians who interpret it as a relative pronoun. We know, of course, that that is how language changes: people come to reinterpret things in particular contexts in different ways, and they thereby become different things. Thus thinking makes it so. A form like "thats" looks like pretty good evidence. [NB: that doesn't make me happy with Quirk et al.'s interpreting gerunds as participles, however]. --Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]